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Sunday 20 April 2014

Walsh weaves his handball magic to take home 29th National title

All Ireland handball champion, Paddy Walsh

Sligo handball legend Paddy Walsh captured his 29th All-Ireland handball title with a thrilling victory over Cork's Pat O'Brien in Tuamgraney Clare on Saturday

O'Brien defeated Walsh in the 40x 20 singles final last April in the same venue.

This time Walsh was ready and prepared well going into the final.

Walsh had a whirlwind start racing into an 18-1 lead. The St. Mary's club player was simply outstanding in the opening game. With excellent serving and finishing he took a commanding lead. O'Brien got a brace of points but Walsh finished the opening game in fine style with a kill into the left corner taking it by 21-6.

The second was a rip roaring contest with O'Brien trying to get to grips with Walsh's mesmerizing onslaught. At 13-13 in the second O'Brien looked to be gaining control but Walsh's worked his magic yet again and left the leg weary O'Brien in his wake.

The Sligo handball star's outstanding display led to an impressive victory in the end by 21-13.

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